Spent a week at Lonesome in May/June, we have been to another ranch 2 years ago so had a good comparison, this ranch is not quite as it seems, they don't have their own cows and only 26 horses, the ranch is in a lovely location and the accommodation is good but not great, its comfy and basically all you need as you're out your room most the day! However the accommodation is split up, I was in the main house with 5 others, the rest of the guests were a 5-10min walk away down by the barn in the bunk house and cabins so you can feel slightly out of it as you can't always see what's going on and also can't see when the horses are brought down, however it did mean we were nearest the lodge where you eat so plus and minus on both sides. Only complaint about the accommodation is that there was nothing but tap water to drink, we had a large kitchen and fridge but it was empty.
The meals are served in the lodge, they had just employed a new cook who was great, again though drinks available to you were only water, lemon and orange squash, any other soft drinks you needed to buy from the town as well as alcohol. The meals however were fantastic, can't fault Wes who is the new cook.
This is advertised as a working ranch but I would place in a dude ranch category as no herd of their own however you travel to their neighbouring ranches to help out so on our stay we did take part in two brandings, their was also an opportunity to move a herd up the mountain, days when there was no work to carry out you simply took a ride around the ranch which is where I guess people see it as a dude ranch. Unfortunately they had a lot of rain previous to our arrival so the first couple of days it was simply to dangerous to ride, this did frustrate some people but you can't argue with the owners wanting to make sure we and their horses stayed safe, it also meant some of the work at the other ranches had to be put on hold until the roads were safe enough to travel the horses in the trailers down.
The horses are great, they start you on something steady to judge your ability and then will progress you if you want to and also if they believe you are capable. All shapes and sizes too.
Evenings were quiet, some mornings we had an 3.15am alarm call for the branding so obviously you went to bed shortly after dinner, other evenings it was just the guests gathering round the camp fire and most nights the wranglers would stay up with us too, they really made the holiday worth its money, Wes, Ty, Chase and Brandon are simply priceless.
Lonnie and Elaine are the owners, you may take a while to warm to them, depending what's going on they can be really busy and slightly distracted from the fact they have guests however when you get time alone with them to relax they are lovely people to be with.
When the weather is good their is plenty of work to be carried out, it can be quiet during the evening but when you've had a long day this is welcomed at times, there is room for improvement but taking all into account I would return in an instant as I had a lovely time.
The main thing for this ranch is that if you are not happy with anything just say, the owners/wranglers will do whatever they can to make you happy but they can't if you only speak to each other rather than them :0)
Ask for one of the log cabins or the bunk house.
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